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  • Olympics Leaders Meet on Autonomy of Sport


    IOC President Jacques Rogge will lead the two-day summit on autonomy of sport. (ATR)
    (ATR) IOC president Jacques Rogge will convene a two-day meeting of world sports leaders Monday in Lausanne on the autonomy of the Olympic and sports movement.

    More than 185 representatives from international federations and national Olympic committees will participate in the seminar. The summit will continue discussions on the issue that first began at a meeting held in September 2006.

    It comes at an important time for the Olympic Movement following recent discussions about the provision of sport and the protection of sport's autonomy in the new EU treaty.

    In other parts of the world, NOCs and national federations face pressures from governments that have led to conflict.

    IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau tells Around the Rings that the autonomy of sport is "key to the credibility and legitimacy"of sports.

    "If we want to preserve that, we need some good governance within sports organizations,"she said.

    Moreau said Rogge had taken a pro-active stance on the autonomy of sport issue "in terms of talking to EU ministers to move the topic forward”.

    "The main purpose of the meeting is to draft some basic principles of good governance which can serve as a reference document to be discussed in greater detail at the Olympic Congress in 2009,"she added.

    Senior IOC members participating include: Denis Oswald, president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations; René Fasel, president of the Association of the International Olympic
    IOC member and summer sports federation leader Denis Oswald will be one of nearly 200 participants in the Lausanne meeting. (ATR)
    Winter Sports Federations; and Hein Verbruggen, president of the General Association of International Sports Federations.

    It is hoped that new principles and structures will eventually be established to raise standards in the governance of sport within federations and NOCs.

    "There are conflicts affecting several sports organizations and NOCs around the world,"Moreau says, insisting that new guidelines on best practice governance could help them to better tackle the problems they encounter.

    Discussions on the autonomy of the Olympic Movement are linked to one of the key themes of the 13th Olympic Congress scheduled for Copenhagen, Oct. 3-5 2009. The 121st IOC Session also takes place during this time.

    With reporting from Mark Bisson .

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